Was hired to come to New Mexico from California by the owner of a 12 apt bldg (she also lives in CA) to do repairs and mgmnt as she wants to sell the bldg.
We have a written contract providing for a monthly salary, a place to live for me for 3 months (option to renew for a 4th) and a bonus of 1.5% of the sale price of the bldg.
The owner who never came to look at the Bldg started making accusations from the start...that I am not working enough hrs, not fast enough...etc. Even though the contract provides no # of hrs or a measure of quality or quantity. She based this on what other people who live here are telling her (even though they have no way of knowing how many hrs I worked...etc).
To make a long story short, she paid me for the 3 months salary that I've been here but saying that she will not pay my bonus.
I warned her a month ago that I will file a Lien against the bldg if she keeps playing these games. 2 weeks ago I filed a Lien.
I am still in New Mexico & she is trying to evict me from her property.
I also would like to go home to CA. How do I protect my rights before I leave?
It looks like this webpage has all of the information that you'll require to file a construction lien against the property:
With all of the above said, you may consider hiring an attorney to do so on your behalf, given the dollar value of what is at stake. You may also consider taking her to Court over a breach of contract claim, though, again, depending upon the dollar value at-stake, you may consider consulting with an attorney about this matter, as well.
Good luck with your case!
The only way to handle this matter is to retain an experienced contract law attorney. . Use AVVO's Find a Lawyer tool to select a qualified attorney. Good luck.
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